Does a Contract Between a Business and a Snow Removal Company Create a Duty to Protect Customers from Natural Accumulations of Snow and Ice?
During an Illinois winter, it is common for snow and ice to accumulate in parking lots and on sidewalks and access ramps. These slippery conditions can be dangerous, and they sometimes lead to serious injuries. In the case of Jordan v. The Kroger Co. d/b/a/ Food 4 Less and Pete’s Lawn Care, Inc.,… Read more →
Are Contractors and Property Owners Responsible for Injuries Sustained at a Construction Site when Pedestrians Are Distracted by Road Noise?
Construction sites are a common occurrence, and they are often easily accessible by pedestrians. There are many dangers present in an area that is under construction, and in extreme cases, passersby can sustain serious injuries when they come into contact with an exposed site. In the case of Peters v. Carlson & Sons,… Read more →
Is a Landlord Responsible for a Tenant’s Guest Falling into a Catch Basin?
Landlord and tenant relationships are fraught with complications and potential for disputes. In extreme cases, tenants, or their guests, can even suffer serious injuries because of landlord neglect. In the case of Nguyen v. Lam the Illinois Appellate court addresses whether a landlord is responsible for a tenant’s guest falling into a catch… Read more →
Are Auto-Renewing Contracts Legal in Illinois?
It was a perfect fall day and you were enjoying a delicious beer on the porch when you felt your phone vibrate. Not one to let a message go unchecked, you reached into your pocket and pulled out your phone. There it was: “Thank you for renewing your yearly subscription to Ultimate Extreme… Read more →
Can a Chicago Lease Be Terminated When Property Is Sold?
In my experience helping hundreds of tenants in disputes with their landlords a few questions pop up over and over again. Ranking just below security deposit disputes, unlawful entries, and tenants wishing to end their lease early is landlords notifying tenants that they will have to move when a property is sold. This… Read more →
Can an Employer Take a Fingerprint – Illinois Law
As technology progresses employers are adopting more advanced ways of identifying their employees. The days of having an employee identification number or a PIN are giving way to fingerprints, retina scans, and even facial recognition systems. Though the latter two are usually only seen in high security industries, fingerprinting is becoming more mainstream…. Read more →
How Long Does Probate Take in Illinois?
One of the most common questions an Illinois probate lawyer faces is, “how long does probate take in Illinois?” Understandably, heirs and legatees (people who receive property under a will) would like to wrap up an estate and distribute property as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, the question is not as easy to answer… Read more →
Is Facial Recognition Legal?
The Technology and the Concerns Over the past decade, computer technology has advanced at an amazingly fast rate. Problems that were once unthinkably complex, such as self-driving cars, are becoming reality. Though technology moves quickly and benefits many people, both developers and those who seek to profit from technology – especially those who… Read more →
Is a Bond Required in Illinois Probate Court?
Anyone who has had dealt with probate court (or any court) knows that the rules can be confusing. One common question is, “What is a bond, and when is a bond required in Illinois probate court?” What Is a Bond? A bond is similar to insurance. If a specified event occurs the issuer… Read more →
Illinois Rules of Intestate Succession
When a person (called a “decedent”) dies in Illinois without a will or other estate planning instrument, some of the decedent’s property may pass to his or her heirs pursuant to the Illinois rules of intestate succession. The Illinois rules of intestate succession are the default rules for inheritance in our state. This… Read more →
“My Landlord Tried To Take Advantage of Me, But My Attorney Empowered Me.”
I had never used an attorney for anything before this experience. I had always been wary of lawyers, but unfortunately, I was faced with a situation in which I thought contacting an attorney would be my best option. From the very first time we talked, Andy really made me feel at ease. He listened to what I had to say, and asked me what result I wanted before giving me his take and advice. At the beginning of this experience, honestly, I was intimidated and afraid that I would end up having to pay a lot of money for an unjust reason. But as Andy worked on my case with me, I began to feel empowered, and at the end of it all, I ended up asking for what I was originally too afraid to ask for, and getting it. Andy made me aware of many things in the law that I never saw (despite the hours of research I did on my own previously). Andy is very responsive; I never had to wait very long for a response, no matter what time it was. He is very knowledgeable about landlord/tenant law, and he never had a problem explaining things that I didn't understand. I would not hesitate to retain Andy's services again, or to recommend his services to anyone I know.
Posted by Kathy, a Landlord & Tenant client, 9 days ago.
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